July 2, 2017
Tour de France 2017
Stage 1: ITT - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf 13km
Geraint Thomas lead a Team Sky domination of the opening Individual Time Trial, taking his first Tour de France Stage win at the age of 32.
Team Sky took four of the top eight places at the opening stage of the 104th Tour de France with Geraint Thomas winning in the time of 14'04", five seconds a head of Stefan Küng (BMC Racing) and Vasil Kiryenka of SKy in third at seven seconds. Defending Champion Chris Froome finsihed in sixth spot 12" down.
The race, which took place in heavy rain, saw some heavy crashes with Nicolas Roche (BMC), Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin), Dylan Groenewegen and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) ging down. The worst though saw GC contendor Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) crash out of the Tour with a broken knee. Ion Izagirre (Baheran Merida) was another non-finisher.The loss of Valverde will be a big blow to the prospects of Nairo Quintana who is looking to finally break through the Team Sky's defences and best Froome.
Video of Valverde Crash
The win meant Thomas also secured his first yellow jersey, ten years after making his Tour de France debut in London. Swiss Küng emulated Alex Zulle (1992) and Fabian Cancellara (2004) to become the leader in the young riders category, while Vasil Kiriyenka starts Stage two in the green jersey.
Stage One Results and GC
Stage 1: 1 July - Dusseldorf - Dusseldorf (time trial), 13km
Stage 2: 2 July - Dusseldorf - Liege (Belgium), 202km
Stage 3: 3 July - Verviers (Belgium) - Longwy, 202km
Stage 4: 4 July - Mondorf-Les-Bains (Luxembourg) - Vittel, 203km
Stage 5: 5 July - Vittel - La Planche des Belles Filles, 160km
Stage 6: 6 July - Vesoul - Troyes, 216km
Stage 7: 7 July 7 - Troyes - Nuits-Saint-Georges, 214km
Stage 8: 8 July 8 - Dole - Station des Rousses, 187km
Stage 9: 9 July - Nantua - Chambery, 181km
First rest day: 10 July
Stage 10: 11 July - Perigueux - Bergerac, 178km
Stage 11: 12 July - Eymet - Pau, 202km
Stage 12: 13 July - Pau - Peyragudes, 214km
Stage 13: 14 July - Saint-Girons - Foix, 100km
Stage 14: 15 July - Blagnac - Rodez, 181km
Stage 15: 16 July - Laissac-Severac L'Eglise - Le-Puy-en-Velay, 189km
Second rest day: 17 July
Stage 16: 18 July - Le-Puy-en-Velay - Romans-sur-Isere, 165km
Stage 17: 19 July - La Mure - Serre-Chevalier, 183km
Stage 18: 20 July - Briancon - Izoard, 178km
Stage 19: 21 July - Embrun - Salon-de-Provence, 220km
Stage 20: 22 July - Marseille - Marseille (time trial), 23km
Stage 21: 23 July - Montgeron - Paris Champs-Elysees, 105km